UPDATED 16:16 EDT / OCTOBER 12 2020

SECURITY

Cloudflare pitches zero-trust security with new Cloudflare One suite

Cloudflare Inc. today debuted Cloudflare One, an expansive suite of cybersecurity and networking tools aimed at enabling companies to fend off online threats more effectively. 

The offering is the culmination of the content delivery giant’s multiyear effort to capture a bigger slice of the lucrative security market. Cloudflare One brings together existing Cloudflare products, technology obtained through a recent acquisition and new products set to be detailed later on.

The suite’s first focus is enabling remote workers to securely access company applications. The suite includes an improved version of Access, an existing Cloudflare service that enables enterprises to verify login requests to their systems. Enterprises can now perform login verification using the popular security services offered by OneLogin Inc., Okta Inc. and Ping Identity Inc. thanks to new partnerships Cloudflare has struck with the firms. 

“Cloudflare One does not require you to standardize on just one identity provider,” Cloudflare Chief Executive Officer Matthew Prince Prince (pictured with co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Michelle Zatlyn) wrote in a blog post detailing Cloudflare One. 

Besides securing login requests, Cloudflare also wants to play a role in how companies secure their employees’ devices. It plans to introduce a browser isolation tool on Wednesday that will enable workers to visit websites without downloading web pages onto their machines. The tool, which appears to be based on Cloudflare’s acquisition of S2 Systems this year, provides a layer of separation between users and the public internet that reduces the risk of malware infections.

In the same spirit of stopping malware, Cloudflare One includes integrations with popular endpoint protection products such as VMware Inc.’s Carbon Black. “Organizations can centralize around a single vendor for device integrity or can mix and match with Cloudflare One providing a consistent control plane,” Prince wrote.

To help companies protect their backend infrastructure, the suite will include an upcoming firewall product dubbed Magic Firewall that will filter malicious firewall traffic. Cloudflare is also throwing in a new intrusion detection system that it says will be capable of detecting unauthorized access attempts.

Cloudflare One is based on a concept known as zero-trust security that has been gaining steam in recent years. Historically, requests from trusted devices such as employee workstations at a company’s headquarters would be automatically approved. Under the zero-trust model, however, all requests are scanned by default on the presumption that no devices can be trusted safely. 

Officially, Cloudflare describes Cloudflare One as a network-as-a-service-solution. That’s because the company is aiming to replace not only traditional security tools used by enterprises but also parts of their network infrastructure. The suite includes wide-area network management features that, according to Prince, can substitute the “patchwork of appliances and WAN technologies” that make up a traditional corporate network.

The components of Cloudflare One are set to become available gradually over the coming week. 

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